Alec Baldwin feared Trump supporters would kill him after Rust shooting incident
"Here was Trump, who instructed people to commit acts of violence, and he was pointing the finger at me and saying I was responsible for the death.”
Alec Baldwin has expressed his fears that supporters of former US President Donald Trump would target him for a fatal assault following the Rust shooting incident that took place last year.
Baldwin is alleged to have accidentally discharged a firearm on the set of the independent western film in October of 2021. The accident led to the death of cinematographer Halnya Hutchins. Rust director Joel Souza was also injured as a result.
Baldwin continues to deny physically pulling the trigger on the prop gun in question.
Baldwin, who has spoken about the incident, has told CNN in a new interview that he feared for his life after Donald Trump remarked that the actor "probably shot her on purpose".
“The former president of the United States said I probably shot her on purpose," Baldwin is quoted as saying in the as yet fully unaired interview, as reported by TMZ.
"To me, that was the only time I was worried about what was going to happen. Here was Trump, who instructed people to commit acts of violence, and he was pointing the finger at me and saying I was responsible for the death.”
"A bunch of people were instructed by the former president to go to the Capitol, and they killed a law enforcement officer. They killed somebody. You don’t think I thought to myself, ‘Are some of those people going to come and kill me?'"
The 64-year-old also said that the shooting tragedy has "taken years off my life" and explained that he doesn't expect to face criminal charges over Hutchins' death.
The matter is still under investigation, with a recent Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic analysis report determining that the bullet could not have been fired without the trigger being pulled.